Good morning Jillibean Soup friends and welcome to my June tutorial. I am calling today's project a Memorabilia Mini. But, it was almost called the Fast Food Mini because of some of the supplies I used (more on this in a bit). I originally found this project on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make my own version to share with my Jillibean family.
When I create mini albums, I like to have a basic formula that I repeat on each page. Once I create the base page, I then build and add layers with embellishments. I started this project with a basic formula of white baggies, paper straws, a Jillibean Soup kraft polaroid sheet, and some of my favorite Jillibean Soup patterned papers (not shown in the photo).
I found the paper baggies and straws at my local scrapbook store. If your store doesn't carry these items, I recommend checking Etsy. The inspiration project used glassine bags, which are made of glossy translucent paper. My bags were not glassine, but french fry bags. Yup. No joke. These bags were originally made for serving french fries. Combine this with the straws and I thought I had a fast food project in the making.
Let's get started. The paper straws act as the binding for this mini album. (1) To begin, I measured my french fry bag and determined I needed to cut my straws down to 4.5 inches. This measurement will vary depending upon the size of the bag you use. (2) I cut 2 straws down using an Exacto blade. (3) To smooth out the edges, I sanded them with a course nail file. (4) Then, use Tombow White Mono Liquid glue to adhere the straws together. Set aside to dry.
The next step is filling and decorating the bags. My mini album formula was to place my Polaroid photo on the front of each page and fill each bag with a piece of patterend Jillibean Soup paper. While my bags are not glassine, they are somewhat transparent, which allows hints of the patterned paper to show thru. I love thiis look for this project. Instagram photos printed at approximately 2.5x2.5 and are a perfect fit for the Jillibean Soup polaroid frames. Once I had my basic formula in place, I went back and used Jillibean Soup Die Cuts and Stickers to embellish each page. My bags just don't house photos, but bits and pieces of memorabilia as well. Here is what my pages look like before I assembled them into my album. Also, note the french fry bags took ink really nicely and were super simple to stamp on.
The next step is assembling your mini album. You will need some twine and a large needle. I used some basic white twine/yarn from my stash. The amount you will vary depending upon on the side of your album. I probably started out with about a yard simply because I would rather have too much than not enough. Then, I trimmed the excess.
(1) Start by removing everything from your bags. (2) Take your needle and feed it into the bag down to the bottom left corner and poke a hole through the bag. (3) Then grab your glued together straws that you set aside earlier and feed the needle and twine through one of the straws. Note: as this process continues you may need a kitchen skewer to push your needle and twine through the straw. (4) When working on the front cover only you will need to feed the needle and twine through a second time. Gently pull tight. (5) Move on to the next page and repeat the process. My mini album has 6 pages note that I fed 3 pages through the first straw and then three pages through the second straw. When you get to the last page feed the twine back through to the top and tie off your mini album. (6) To add a decorative element to my binding I punched a hole in a Jillibean Soup Corrugated butterfly. (7) Tie the butterfly to the spine with a bow and trim the excess. Then reinsert your pages back into your album and viola.
Here are some additional close up photos of my memorabilia mini album once it was back together.